Archives for June '05
Fair harnesses pair of fillies in Flamboro Grassroots
June 30 - DUNDAS, ON — Three-year-old pacing fillies take centre stage at Flamboro Downs on Sunday evening, as eight divisions of talented youngsters battle for a total of $120,000 in Grassroots purse money.
High priced filly hoping for lucrative victory Sunday
June 30 - WINDSOR, ON — If Honour Way can capture Sunday night’s $130,000 Gold Final at Windsor Raceway, Brad Gray will be one third of the way to breaking even on the highest priced racehorse ever sold in Canada.
Alias Seelster sharp in freshman debut
June 30 - DUNDAS, ON — Alias Seelster did not need a disguise when she came off the track at Flamboro Downs on Thursday afternoon. Sent off as the fan favourite, the two-year-old pacing filly delivered the goods, going gate to wire in a smart 1:57.2.
Northern Cowboy hoping to wrangle another win Tuesday
June 30 - FRASERVILLE, ON — After a record setting performance in last week’s elimination round, the two-year-old pacing colts return to Kawartha Downs on Tuesday afternoon in search of Ontario Sires Stakes Gold.
Banner Yankee looking for change in luck Saturday
June 29 - SARNIA, ON — Ontario’s talented three-year-old pacing colts return to Hiawatha Horse Park on Saturday, and Banner Yankee will be looking for some payback after being knocked out of contention at the head of the stretch in last weekend’s Clearwater Cup.
Filly hoping to fly in Gold Eliminations Saturday
June 29 - INNISFIL, ON — Georgian Downs fans will be treated to two $59,909 Gold Series Eliminations for the hyper-competitive three-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday evening.
Young driver makes his OSS debut at Hanover Saturday
June 29 - HANOVER, ON — Matthew Panos can be forgiven if he is a shade nervous about Saturday night’s two-year-old pacing colt Grassroots event at Hanover Raceway.
Pacing colts commandeer Canada Day program in Clinton
June 28 - CLINTON, ON — A record number of three-year-old pacing colts are headed to Clinton Raceway on Friday, looking for Ontario Sires Stakes glory in 13 Grassroots divisions.
Local colts put on speed show at Kawartha Tuesday
June 28 - FRASERVILLE, ON — A pair of talented local colts flexed their muscles at Kawartha Downs on Tuesday afternoon and demonstrated to the rest of the two-year-old pacing colt field how things are done in Peterborough.
Royally bred trotter in hunt for OSS Gold Friday
June 27 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Ontario’s top three-year-old trotting colts will help Mohawk Racetrack fans celebrate Canada Day on Friday as they compete in their second $130,000 Gold Final.
Grand River Raceway sizzles with excitement Friday
June 27 - ELORA, ON — Grand River Raceway patrons will be feeling hot, hot, hot this Friday when the Ontario Sires Stakes Hot Rewards program rolls into Elora along with eight Grassroots divisions for the province’s talented three-year-old trotting fillies.
Jamieson sends gritty young trio to Flamboro Thursday
June 26 - DUNDAS, ON — Flamboro Downs will be the proving ground for 25 two-year-old pacing fillies on Thursday evening as the Dundas oval hosts a trio of Gold Series Eliminations.
Erotica three for three in Gold Series action
June 26 - WINDSOR, ON — Erotica extended her Ontario Sires Stakes win streak to three compliments of a picture perfect steer by Douglas R. Ackerman at Windsor Raceway on Sunday evening.
Sultry summer evening results in upsets at Mohawk
June 25 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Friday evening’s Gold Elimination action at Mohawk Racetrack saw a pair of unheralded three-year-old trotting colts earn their first Ontario Sires Stakes victories.
Freshmen kick off OSS season at Kawartha Tuesday
June 24 - FRASERVILLE, ON — Hot summer temperatures always signal one thing in Ontario harness racing, the much anticipated debut of the two-year-old future stars. This year Kawartha Downs hosts the first freshman event of the season, with 43 two-year-old pacing colts eager to wage their first Sires Stakes battle in five Gold Series Eliminations on Tuesday afternoon.
Filly dreams of Gold Series success Sunday
June 23 - WINDSOR, ON — When Dream On Bernie started to run a fever just before the Gold Series season opener in May, trainer George Zirnis opted to skip the top tier event and race in the Grassroots contest two weeks later. Now, as the three-year-old trotting fillies gear up for their second Gold event at Windsor Raceway on Sunday, the veteran horseman has a two-time winner to send out against the top fillies in the province.
Trotting colt looks to rebound from disappointment Friday
June 21 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Reigning Gold Final champion Northern Ensign will begin defence of his title in the second of two Gold Series Eliminations at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday.
Lady D M and Battin cruise to second Gold Final win
June 21 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Lady D M’s fans were out in force at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening and the three-year-old pacing filly did not disappoint them, earning her second straight Gold Final title with a personal best 1:52 effort.
Fabulous Flori collects second Grassroots trophy
June 18 - ELORA, ON — Fabulous Flori took early command of the leaderboard with her second Grassroots win of the season in Ontario Sires Stakes action at Grand River Raceway on Friday.
Henry scores a pair in Trillium action Thursday
June 17 - SARNIA, ON — Four time Johnston Cup winner Ross Henry demonstrated his skill at Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday night, sending out a pair of winners and one runner-up in Trillium Series action for the three-year-old trotting fillies.
Ashley And Gloria makes impressive leap into Gold Series
June 16 - CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Heading into last week’s elimination round, Ashley And Gloria’s connections figured they were taking one shot at the Gold Series before heading back down to the Grassroots program. However, a 1:55.1 elimination win and a berth in Monday night’s $130,000 Gold Final at Mohawk Racetrack have caused a dramatic shift in the group’s perceptions.
Ja El Abe earns Grassroots hardware at Georgian Downs
June 15 - INNISFIL, ON — Ja El Abe picked up his first lifetime victory in Grassroots action at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening, circling his local oval in a smart 1:59.2.
Whitesand Trick looking for win number six Friday
June 14 - ELORA, ON — Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Grand River Raceway on Friday evening with nine Grassroots divisions for the hotly competitive three-year-old pacing fillies.
Fillies battle through slop to Gold Elimination victory
June 14 - REXDALE, ON — Ontario’s top three-year-old pacing fillies proved they have mastered the art of racing in the mud after heavy rain dampened a trio of Gold Series divisions at Woodbine Racetrack on Monday evening.
Owners turn attention from hockey to horses Thursday
June 13 - SARNIA, ON — When trotting filly Keystone Stephanie makes her three-year-old debut at Hiawatha Horse Park on Thursday night, Dale and Richard Hunter will be hoping the filly’s on-track efforts can parallel the on-ice exploits of their Memorial Cup winning London Knights.
Local colts ready for Grassroots challenge Tuesday
June 10 - INNISFIL, ON — Georgian Downs kicks off its 2005 Ontario Sires Stakes season with nine Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts on Tuesday.
Winning ways land Ingrid Bergrin berth in Gold Series
June 9 - REXDALE, ON — Woodbine Racetrack fans get another look at Ontario’s top three-year-old pacing fillies Monday night when the Rexdale oval hosts a trio of Gold Series Eliminations.
Fillies shine in Trillium Series battles
June 6 - REXDALE, ON — Two talented divisions of three-year-old pacing fillies breezed into Woodbine Racetrack on Monday night, and when the dust settled Beryl Seelster and Ingrid Bergrin had claimed the first set of Trillium Series hardware distributed this season.
Top prize up for grabs in Trillium Monday
June 2 - REXDALE, ON — After competing in Grassroots and Gold Series competition last weekend, the top three-year-old pacing fillies in Ontario turn their attention to the Trillium Series at Woodbine Racetrack on Monday evening.